Understanding Your Rights in Tiffin If a Dog Bites YouPosted on December 18,2018 by lawrzwp
Most people love dogs, but sometimes man’s best friend can turn on a person without warning, injuring them. Injuries resulting from a dog bite can range from minor puncture wounds to severe lacerations. Deep bites can cause significant damage to muscles, tendons and bones, oftentimes requiring plastic surgery.
A dog owner may become liable for the dog’s actions if they were negligent in how they restrained their dog. When that happens, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. In some instances, you and your attorney will only be able to recover medical bills and rehabilitation costs. At other times, you may also be able to sue for punitive damages.
Under Ohio Law, Owners Are Always Responsible for a Dog’s Actions
Unlike some other states, when a dog bites a person in Tiffin or any community in Ohio, the owner is always responsible for any injuries that are proved to be caused by the dog. This is known as strict liability and is the prevailing law as long as the person who was injured was not teasing the dog, trespassing, or committing a crime on the owner’s property.
Common law is also in play in Ohio. This means that dogs are sometimes given one free bite and that, to win a dog bite case, you must be able to prove that the dog owner knew the dog was vicious before they bit you and that the owner was also negligent in the way they handled the dog. For example, allowing the dog to run free in a public or common area would be considered negligent. The biggest difference is that suing under common law allows you to recover punitive damages for pain and suffering, while statutory law does not.
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